GARDENERS in East Kilbride had the chance to swap seeds and ideas on Saturday when East Kilbride Development Trust and the Scottish Seed Savers network staged their annual seed exchange in the town.
The event, the third of its kind, took place at East Kilbride Old Parish Church hall and was another huge success, attracting even bigger crowds than past year.
Plenty of good advice was at hand for gardeners of all abilities – from those with just a few planter pots to those with well-established allotments.
While the event is open to all across Scotland, this year saw a great turnout from East Kilbride residents as well as those who braved the elements to travel through the hail and sleet from outside the town.
In the spirit of partnership to support carbon reduction and local and fair trade food produce, the event was also host to organisations such as Zero Waste, Fair Trade, the Friends of Langlands Moss Nature Reserve, South Lanarkshire Council and Eastwood (and East Kilbride) Bee-Keepers.
A range of interesting exhibits, advice and activities were available on the day for everyone to enjoy.
The Scottish Seed Exchange Network, supported by the East Kilbride Development Trust, have been working hard at their plot at Calderglen Country Park with renovations and ongoing site progress – new volunteers are always welcome.
There are jobs and activities for all, ranging from gardening and woodwork to painting and learning about other aspects of local food production, such as bee-keeping.
For more information, check the websites at www.scottishseedsavingnetwork.com and www.ekdevtrust.com/ where contact details can be found.